UGA’s Pasha Wins Napa Valley

ST. HELENA, Calif.—-University of Georgia sophomore Nathan Pasha won four matches on Sunday to claim the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic title.

Pasha first defeated Stanford’s No. 81-ranked Matt Kandath, 6-3, 6-2, to win Group 2 of pool play with a 3-0 record and advance to the shootout round. The field was divided into eight pools, with each winner advancing to the PlayBrave USTA Wild Card Shootout, a single-elimination, 10-point tiebreak tournament.

In his quarterfinal match Pasha downed Lloyd Glasspool of Texas, 10-8, then defeated his USTA junior opponent, 10-7, to reach the final. Pasha topped Texas’ Soren Hess-Olesen, 16-14, to win the title and earn a USTA-sponsored wild card into a pro circuit event to be determined.

Bulldog freshman Ben Wagland won Group 4 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Harvard’s Shaun Chaudhuri. He reached the semifinals of shootout competition with a 10-4 win over California’s Mads Engstedt, then was edged by Hess-Olesen in the semis, 10-8.

Pasha also won the tournament’s Minor Sportsmanship Award and was named the Most Outstanding Player.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the ITA All-American Championships Oct. 1-6 in Tulsa, Okla.
Courtesy: UGA

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